The Lebanese red cross is still counting casualties from two explosions that hit two buses transporting morning commuters in Ain Alaq, near Bekfaya in Mount Lebanon.
Early reports put the number of killed at 12, but the Red Cross could only confirm three so far, with many wounded. LBC said rescue workers have not yet been able to identify and move all body parts to hospitals.
The explosions come a day before the second anniversary of the Hariri assassination. March 14 is planning a massive rally to commemorate the February 14 2005 killing of the former PM and at least 20 others.
Lebanon's civil war officially started with a bus massacre—gunmen attacked a bus on April 13 1975 carrying Palestinians in the Christian neighborhood of Ain El Remmeneh. The February 13 2007 attacks, which targeted Christians -- the terrorists' favored targets since the Hariri assassination -- were probably designed to ignite another civil war on the eve of the commemorations.
According to Naharnet, Telecommunications Minister Marwan Hamadeh is claiming that the targeted buses were rented to carry participants in tomorrow's rally.
Update. The official death toll is three, with 20 injured. A 35 year old mother of two is among those killed. Here's a video from the site of the explosions courtesy of LBC.
Update 2. March 14 issued a statement accusing the Syrian regime of orchestrating the bus bombings and of attempting to turn Lebanon into another Iraq. The statement called for imposing sanctions on the regime and sending international troops to monitor the border with Syria.